It is always unfortunate when a worker is killed while performing his or her workplace duties whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere in the country. An accident on Christmas Eve was no different. A worker was removing a tree from a residence in a nearby state when he was pinned under a branch and killed at the scene. It’s a sad case that would upset even a Philadelphia job site injury attorney.
The 32-year-old victim was removing a tree that had crashed onto utility poles and power lines as a result of Hurricane Sandy. While he was working on the tree, a limb gave way and he fell from 15 feet. The limb then landed on him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy is pending.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration were contacted and will be investigating the scene to determine if proper safety procedures were followed. Several streets around the area were blocked off so police could investigate.
There are many types of workplace accidents. Slips and falls, machinery accidents, falls from heights and being hit by objects are all common. Some occupations are more prone to injury than others. For example, industrial and construction accidents are common.
For those killed on the job, workers’ compensation benefits are available to the surviving family members. This compensation can help pay for funeral expenses and the loss of income as a result of the person’s death. Workers’ compensation benefits, however, do not typically cover emotional damages.
Source: Eagle-Tribune, “Worker killed in tree removal accident ID’d,” Bill Cantwell, Dec. 27, 2012